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Posted on February 24, 2012

Cal U students are encouraged to show their gratitude during Appreciation Week, March 5-9, and to keep the commonwealth’s taxpayers especially in mind as they celebrate Tuition Freedom Day on March 6.

The celebration has three goals:

  • To educate Cal U students about financing for public higher education;
  • To instill a sense of appreciation and gratitude for the support taxpayers provide;
  • To show the public that Cal U students are grateful for their support.

Tuition Freedom Day

Tuition Freedom Day is the mathematical date when the tuition funds that students or their families paid for the 2011-2012 academic year are exhausted.

For the remainder of the school year, the education provided to Cal U students is funded by a combination of state monies, appropriated through the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and privately funded scholarships.

As part of the Cal U for Life initiative, students will meet at 11 a.m. March 6 at the Natali Student Center for a Tuition Freedom Day rally.

Various student leaders and alumni representatives will speak at the start of the rally. The campus community is invited to participate.

Appreciation Week

Throughout Appreciation Week students will have an opportunity to sign thank-you postcards or an open letter thanking Pennsylvania’s taxpayers and legislators for their support of public higher education.

At tables in the Natali Student Center, students also can sign up for the Senior Gift Drive Committee, Quizzo Tournament or Civic Engagement Center activity.

“Although state appropriations for public higher education keep declining, Pennsylvania taxpayers ultimately provide support for every student who attends a state-owned university,” said Ryan Jerico, coordinator of student and young alumni activities.